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Playing The Game [Oct. 23rd, 2016|01:44 pm]
Tony Grist
Some of those who say we're living in a computer simulation seem to mean it as a literal statement of fact. I don't think it's that; I think it's just an analogy- but a very good analogy- and one that can be pushed quite far.

It implies a lot of things I believe to be the case.

1. That our reality exists within a much larger reality .

2. That the selves we experience are avatars being operated by much larger selves that exist within the larger reality.

3. That what we're engaged in is a game.

4 That we're playing it because we want to.

5. That our avatars are not our true selves or even scaled down versions of our true selves- but characters our larger selves have chosen to play.

6. That the game is difficult because what would be the point of one that wasn't?

7. That our larger selves choose the level of difficulty they're comfortable with.

8. That the death is of an avatar is only the death of an avatar. The player has the choice to boot up another one or leave the game and go do something else.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2016-10-23 12:51 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't find anything bad with such theories if they just attached an explanation saying "this is roughly an simplified version of what reality really is; the structures in reality have different names and are harder to see - and that's their names they got in the reality: ...", but those take themselves way too serious and through that they quickly become opium of the people - just another horror story to scare and to entertain, but not to get humans back closer to their own reality and give them something into their hands how they can turn the reality into a less bleak place to live.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-10-23 03:13 pm (UTC)
If you understand the basis of reality- or at least have a working model of it - then surely you've got a better chance of changing it.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2016-10-23 03:24 pm (UTC)
And this is what I'd rather wish for, not another dream vision to drown yourself in and tell yourself "I'm absolutely powerless, there's nothing I can do...".

Edited at 2016-10-23 03:25 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-10-23 03:51 pm (UTC)
I do see what you mean. But personally I find the theory empowering
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[User Picture]From: artkouros
2016-10-23 02:09 pm (UTC)
I think people say we're living in a computer simulation because that's the best they can come up with.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-10-23 03:16 pm (UTC)
Our best is always going to fall short. We don't have the words...
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2016-10-23 04:38 pm (UTC)
Definitely a good analogy ... and at least from my perspective of illustration of the fact that humans work mightily to make things more complicated and meaningful than they really are.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-10-23 06:12 pm (UTC)
If I'm interpreting your icon right you're speaking as a Pastafarian.
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2016-10-23 06:19 pm (UTC)
I have indeed found comfort in the loving embrace of his Noodly Appendage. ;)
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